There are lots of good sites out there to help students find the right college. Most have a variety of ways to search: by major, by location, by school type etc. Students should experiment with a couple of websites and find one with a format they like.
The College Board, the organization that administers the SAT, has a great tab called Access. The Big Future section has tools for searching for colleges with lots of information about schools and links to their websites. There is also information about careers and majors, financial aid, scholarships, student loans and application tips.
Know How 2 GO
Know How 2 GO is a great website with tips on getting ready for college, applying, and figuring out how to pay for college.
College Navigator is a source for college information that allows students to search for colleges by name, location, type of institution, and programs/majors. The site has lots of detailed statistics about expenses, financial aid, enrollment, admission, athletics, and more.
The Western University Exchange (WUE) website offers information about schools in other states in the west that offer tuition discounts to students from Oregon. Depending on the school and the major, students can pay close to in-state tuition. It is a more affordable option for students who want to go out of state for college.
US News and World Reports
US News and World Reports College Rankings offers information on college rankings. The site lets students compare colleges based on many factors including graduation rates, amount of debt of graduates, average SAT scores, average high school GPAs of admitted students, university size, setting, acceptance rate, student to faculty ratio, housing, student life and more.
The PHS Counseling Center’s website has information about college applications, college exams (SAT, ACT, AP, PSAT) scholarships, financial aid and FAFSA. Look in the “Grade 12” tab.
Two-year and certificate programs
There are 17 community colleges in Oregon. The Higher Education Coordinating Commission has a page on its website that has links to all 17 community colleges.
There is also information on the site about Oregon Promise, a state grant that helps cover tuition at Oregon community colleges.
Linn Benton Community College’s website has a Career Coach page that has a career assessment test, and tools to browse careers and programs.
For those interested in the military, the library has lots of materials on hand from military recruiters. Recruiters also visit the high school on a regular basis. Check the school calendar for dates and times of visits.
Monster.com has a website dedicated to military matters called Millitary.com. Its mission is to keep service members and veterans informed. They have information on things to think about when considering the military and steps to take during the recruitment process. It can be found at Military.com.